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OhRed is Opening a Toku Bar

Masaru Shishido who played OhRed in Chōriki Sentai Ohranger is opening a Tokusatsu themed bar. He probably had this idea way before Akibaranger aired this year, but I can’t help but see the similarities. Employees will refer to each other as taichou and captain and I bet they’ll be wearing sentai uniforms. Shishido will also host toku themed events at the bar and the first thing that pops into my mind would be a screen of Akibaranger because that would be so freaking meta.

I absolutely love that many of the tokusatsu actors embrace their rolls. Comics Alliance and Kotaku are calling Shishido a former Power Ranger. There’s nothing former about him. He IS OhRed. I remember back when the earthquake happened, many of the tokusatsu actors took to twitter to send hopeful messages as their characters out to the people. That is just so freaking cool and one of the reasons why I love the genre so much.

From: Comics Alliance

Phil X is my Guitar Hero

I’ve been getting back into guitar which is something that kept me sane all through college and I came across Phil X while searching through the YouTubes. He’s a session musician who’s played in a whole mess of bands and a ton of records by Tommy Lee, Methods of Mayhem, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Orianthi, Rob Zombie, Chris Daughtry, Alice Cooper, Thousand Foot Krutch and more.

Here he is doing guitar reviews for Fretted Americana, a vintage guitar store.

Best. Guitar. Reviews. Ever.

I fucking love his energy! The more I watch his reviews, the more it makes me want to rock the fuck out. He’s like a kid in a rocking candy store! And even though he’s just dicking around, you can hear the skills. There are players who will spend years to sound half as good when they’re playing seriously and Phil just throws licks around like they’re nothing.

Anyway, if you’re in the mood for some rock, spend some time at the Fretted America channel with Phil X.

Merida Introduces Us to Her Family

I’m so very excited from Pixar’s Brave. It looks absolutely fantastic! I also can’t stop thinking that Amy Pond is somehow directly descended from Merida.

Sony’s Egg-Shaped HARO!

I once believed that I would have to wait until I was about dead until science came up with a proper HARO robot companion to keep me company in my waning years. Nope. Sony made this shit in 2008! Now granted, it’s not a full on HARO that floats around and asks you if you’re “genki,” but I’m sure if you filled a Rolly with enough sound clips of HARO from his various animated incarnations, it’d be just as good.

Here’s a bunch of Rollys dancing to “Thriller.”

They are a bit pricey. I found one on Amazon for about $230. For that price, I kinda would want a real HARO-shaped HARO. I kind of feel that Sony or Bandai or both missed the boat here. Clearly, Sony can make a Rolly that’s shaped like HARO. I have no idea how well the Rolly did back in 2008, but if it was a HARO Rolly, that shit would fly off the shelves! Hell, I may get one anyway and just paint it green.

Rolly’s existence in the world gives me great hope that a real life HARO isn’t too far off. Everyone needs a little green robot ball to gleefully shout encouraging words now and then.

The “Can’t Stand Up Comic” Needs a New Van

For Mother’s Day, Amazon ran a campaign where they gave you a code for $2.00 worth of free music. Chuck needs a new wheelchair accessible van because his current vehicle will not pass inspection. So Chuck thought that if folks spent their $2.00 of music to buy two of his songs on Amazon. If enough people spent their coupon on Chuck’s music, Amazon would have ostensibly bought him a new van. Unfortunately, I saw this video today and the Amazon coupon expired yesterday.

Sadly, Chuck’s campaign didn’t quite make it. According to his twitter, he doesn’t want people to shell out their own money to help him anyway, but seriously? $2.00? I can afford to spend $2.00.

Chuck also started the Custom Button reMapping Petition, calling for game developers and controller manufacturers to give gamers the ability to remap controls however they see fit instead of relying on a handful of preset remappings.

From: Ask A Capper

Yes, Virginia, There Are Beam Churros

If you skip to 3:00, you can see Beam Churros being served at the Gundam Cafe!

Gundam Front Tokyo open tomorrow and from this short video tour, you can tell that it’s a Gundam fan’s wet dream come true. Along with the Gundam Cafe and exclusive Gundam merch, there’s also Strict G, a Gundam apparel shop with a number of classy items for the fashion forward fan.

It’s a Gundam paradise. I MUST GO!

Kat Sheridan Chops Heads as Sexy Axe Cop

A few years ago, I got the opportunity to color the most MANLY ILLUSTRATION EVER! I dare say my computer became a bajillion times more awesome because it had high resolution Axe Cop art all over it.

Somehow, my posts caught the attention of actor Kat Sheridan, pictured above as Sexy Axe Cop. She sent this along:

I asked Kat a few questions about her work and her upcoming series “Just Cos.”

YP: How long have you been cosplaying?

KAT SHERIDAN: I have always enjoyed dressing up in costume, whether it was for Halloween, or a theater production, and then as I got older for commercial and film projects. Just recently, though, I’ve delved more into the world of Geekdom and started cosplaying for fun at comic conventions and events.

YP: What brought you to the art of cosplay?

KS: I have always loved geek-tastic things, even as a child. Lately, I have been reading more graphic novels and finding this sub-culture of people who love fantasy and sci-fi like I do. On professional Hollywood sets, there’s always a crew member or somebody who loves comics, and its becoming less and less taboo, actually its becoming en vogue to be down with superheroes, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings. It also helps that my boyfriend works at a comic book store and does marketing for comic conventions, so I’m meeting fascinating industry types, artists, creators, retailers, fans, and cosplayers through that avenue.

YP: Who are your favorite characters to play?

KS: Red Sonja, Sexy Vader, Sexy Axe Cop, Poison Ivy, and other red-head characters are great for me to portray!

YP: Have you created any original characters?

KS: I like to put the a sexy spin on existing male characters, but as far as an ORIGINAL, I have a really cool Star Wars character that I’m co-creating the look for with some talented web series writers and makeup artists. She’s a badass Sith named Sila Varis.

YP: Can you tell us more about JUST COS? How did you become part of the film? When can we expect to see it?

KS: With Just Cos, I’m co-producing the film, and the part was written with me in mind for the lead. It showcases geek culture and fangirls & fanboys getting ready for comic conventions. We are doing a “pilot” and most likely will turn it into a web series, and we’ll ask a lot of fans and cosplayers to make appearances in it! You can expect to see it within the next couple months!

YP: Anything else you’d like to promote?

KS: I am in a feature horror film called THE RED HOUSE coming out this year. Its a classic genre flick with attractive college kids going in the woods and bloody mayhem ensues, with a bit of a twist. Here is an article on it.

KS: I am also working on an original Star Wars web series called “Die Jedi”, where I play a troubled Sith hunting down Jedis or those strong with the force. Should have some epic light saber duels. And here is some more info on that:

YP: Shoutouts?

KS: On JUST COS the writer is Derek Easley, my co-star is funny comedian Jole Sanchez, and its directed by Julian Doan.

The RED HOUSE is written and directed by Gregory Avellone, and produced by John Ortin of Friday the 13th fame.

And DIE JEDI is being produced by the very talented Jimmy Lucia, and my makeup for JUST COS and DIE JEDI is being done by the wonderful Andrew Brown.

Thanks, Kat! And good luck with “Just Cos.” Can’t wait to see it!

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